The sale and restoration of quality old writing equipment from the period from 1600 to 1950. Fountain pens; dip pens; quills; pencils; cedars; porte crayons; inkwells, ink bottles, ink-stands; blotters; rulers; steel nibs; penners; baradelles; wafer seals; identity seals; postal scales; desk knives; quill knives; quills; quill machines; ephemera; books and parts.

About Jim

Born in Allonby, Cumberland, John  Kerr Marshall, (also known as Jim) spent 30 years working as a technical manager and director of different Unilever companies. He has worked in the UK and various overseas countries, including the USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, and retired in 1994. Since 2011, he has lived with Jane, his wife of 55 years, in Meols near Hoylake in the Wirral.

Jim’s interest in old pens began in 1987, while writing a journal with a battered old Parker 51. Buying another pen at an antique fair led to the foundation of a second career. He founded Marestin Ltd in 1992, which later became The Pen & Pencil Gallery in 1996. For more than 10 years, Jim embarked on numerous projects with his friend Arthur Twydle and sold vintage pens in The Pen Exchange in London’s Chancery Lane with Yvonne Perry.

During this period, he was an approved repairer for Sheaffer and Parker and a council member for trade for The Writing Equipment Society. Jim also:

  • Started a Quarterly Magazine
  • Broadcast Frequently on Local BBC Radio Cumbria
  • Organised and Sponsored the First Two Northern Pen Shows in 1995/6
  • Regularly Participated at Prestigious Antique Shows in the UK
  • Regularly Attended US and European Pen Shows

In his spare time, Jim plays golf, travels, takes photographs, creates calendars, and performs in DVD programmes referring to repairing and collecting writing equipment. He has also advised companies such as the BBC and Disney on appropriate vintage writing items for use in period dramas.


In 1995, Jim was asked to write a guide to pens and writing accessories. A Miller’s Collector’s Guide was published in 1996, and he later established his own publishing business dedicated to books about writing equipment.

Broadening his dealer interest to encompass inkwells, dip pens, pencils, quill knives, and antiquities, Jim remained fascinated by pen and pencil restoration. This resulted in the production of two videos with Arthur Twydle and the publication of his 2007 book Pen Repair, written with co-author Laurence Oldfield as a tribute to Arthur, which is now in its much-expanded Fourth Edition and soon to be printed in the USA.

Additionally, the Pen & Pencil Monograph series was introduced in 1998 as a collector series and also for reproducing significant product catalogues and brochures. There are now 14 different booklets. Furthermore, Jim has published special books for the benefit of Cumbrian Cerebral Palsy, his nominated charity.

Covering subjects such as Arabic calligraphy, silver hallmarks, and writing equipment collecting, Jim has also written for other magazines and journals, including:

  • Stylus
  • The Antique Collector
  • The WES Journal
  • Pennant
  • Pen World


Satisfaction Guarantee

We guarantee satisfaction on all items that we sell and the prices of items are agreed prior to any purchase.  If you are unhappy with a purchase and 

the item is returned to us in the same state as it was despatched, within 7 days, then we will refund your money without any question. Usually we will have photographed the item in detail and that may be important in any cases of a dispute.  As most items are sold to persons we know there is  total trust in our customers.


Typically, customers are required to pay the cost of postage, insurance, and packaging, which is usually Special Delivery and about £8 for smaller items within the UK.. In cases where these costs are higher, we will discuss how to reduce costs without jeopardising the delivery and security of your item. We have accounts with a range of reliable couriers, including Hermes, DHL, and FedEx.

For repair jobs, items are usually despatched by the same class as received, but with the understanding that the claimable amount is often limited to around £30 if it is not special delivery. We always record despatches and obtain proof of postage.

Overseas Sales

Items purchased by overseas customers will be despatched in the safest possible way. Additionally, we will be happy to adopt any preferred options you may have. As despatching items to the USA is more complicated than within Europe, we have occasionally lost packages and also cannot guarantee that duty will not be payable.

For our part, we will qualify and describe all items accurately, leaving customs officials in no doubt as to the contents of your package. We will not be responsible for any lost items that have involved the purchaser stipulating his own value and description and we strongly advise against undervaluing.


All items must be paid for before despatch. We accept US $ and Sterling £ cheques as well as cash and secured cheques. Internet transfer is the most popular method with our customers, and you can usually find our account and sort codes on our purchase invoices. Our receiving email is ppgallery@aol.com.

Service Activity

For valuations, searches, consultancy, and renting out period items, costs will normally be formally agreed in advance by letter and prepaid. Prepayment is not usually required for average repairs, but we will agree on some form of progress payment or deposit for major restoration work.

We also consult on selling collections. In the past 10 years, we have primarily offered this service for friends, but we have found it is increasingly difficult for private collectors to get acceptable terms from auction houses, with some disgraceful practices emerging in recent years.

This is not the most sensible course, to begin with, but nor is accepting the first offer of a friend or acquaintance. With a vast array of experience, we provide free advice on how to get the best returns when selling your collection.


We accept no liability for personal injury, which may result from the abuse of any item that we have sold or repaired. Regarding repair and restoration, while we do everything possible to ensure success with a revitalisation, sometimes the risk is greater than we are prepared to take.

In such cases, we inform the customer that we define that restoration to be ‘at the owner’s risk’ and perhaps suggest another restorer for a second opinion.

Please contact us with any questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery. (along with all subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns thereof, referred to hereinafter collectively as “The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery”, "we", "our" and/or "us"), our websites and services. The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your expectation that we will do so carefully and sensibly.

By visiting this or another The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery website displaying this Privacy Policy or a link thereto (a "Website", or collectively the “Websites”), or by otherwise interacting with The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery you agree to accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is further subject to the The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery Services Agreement related to the The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery services you utilise and/or purchase. For questions on this Privacy Policy please contact our team via the contact information found on this Website.

The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery values your privacy and is dedicated to protecting your personal information and providing you with notice about what personally identifiable information we collect and how it is used, what choices you have regarding the collection, use and distribution of that information, the security procedures we implement to protect that information and what access you may have to correct any inaccuracies in the information we have collected from you.

What Information Is Collected
We receive and store any information you enter on our Websites or give us in any other way, such as via telephone, electronic mail, online or otherwise. For example, this information may be collected when you contact us for customer support.

Here are the types of information we gather:

Contact Information: We collect and retain personal contact information that you submit to us voluntarily and this includes, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, web address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information may include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and, where provided, your fax number. Such contact information may be used, for example, to communicate with you when necessary with respect to transactions. Additionally, we may collect contact information provided to us during any correspondence relating to customer support, as well as in connection with products and services offered on our Websites.

Financial Information: We collect and retain certain financial information from when you purchase our products and services. For example, when you sign up for any other product or service through The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery, we require you to provide a credit card number and billing address before we will process that application. We will not sell, share or rent any financial information collected from you except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy or as necessary to fulfil any order for our products or services.

Demographic Information: We may collect and store anonymous demographic information (such as your postcode, gender and age), and use this data to tailor your experience on our Websites, provide content that we think you might be interested in, perform general improvements to the Websites, and display the content according to your preferences. Such demographic information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated demographic information that is shared with third parties.

Other Information: We collect and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, our servers track the type of web browser you are using and the page from which you link. Additionally, we log IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the Internet) in order to improve security, analyse trends and administer the Websites. We may track your movement within the Websites, the third-party website pages from which you were referred, access times and browser types. We use this information to gauge the effectiveness of our Websites, track information for statistical purposes and to improve the products and services we provide. We collect this information to better develop a sense of what services our customers need and identify areas of improvement to the Websites. We may use such information for marketing purposes, and to send information to you that we believe might be of interest. In addition, such information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated information shared with third parties.

We may supplement the information you provide us by acquiring publicly or commercially available information as available in the public domain or from third parties, for instance, to verify your address or to update your information and to create a profile of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information to information in the profile, in order to improve the content of the Websites for you or to inform you about products or services that we think will be of interest to you. From time to time, we may also ask you to participate in surveys or other communications conducted by us or third parties designed to help us improve the Websites or the products or services we provide.

Cookies: The Websites use “cookies” such purposes as enhancing your online experience by making it easier for you to navigate through the Websites and making certain features work better. Cookies are text files which are commonly deposited by websites on a user's hard drive when the user visits a website. The file identifies a user's computer and can record the user's preferences and other data about the user's website visit. We do not extract information about individual users during this process. Your web browser may enable you to disable cookies, but please note that certain services may not function correctly without it and your experience on our Websites may be hindered.

Third Party Cookies: We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet. These companies may collect and use information about your visits to this and other websites and your interaction with our products and services in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. However, no personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, email address or telephone number) will be connected with such information. They may use information about your visits to this and other websites to target advertisements for goods and services and may be used to keep track of user response to each advertisement. These targeted advertisements may appear on our Websites or on other sites that you visit. The anonymous information is collected through the use of a pixel tag or cookies, which are industry standard technologies used by most major websites. If you do not want such companies to collect this information you may opt-out.

To learn more about the use of this information or choose not to have this information used by certain third-party advertising partners, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices. Please note that if you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Web Beacons: The Websites may contain electronic images (called a "single-pixel GIF" or a "web beacon") that allow a website to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. No personally identifiable information will be transmitted via web beacons.

Telephone Recording and Monitoring: To ensure The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery customers receive quality service, The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery selects phone calls for recording and/or monitoring. These calls, between The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery customers (or potential customers) and employees, are evaluated by The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery representatives. This is to guarantee that prompt, consistent assistance and accurate information is delivered in a professional manner. In contacting The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery creating an account with The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery, or by otherwise utilising any The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery products or services, you hereby consent to any such call recording and/or monitoring.

How Personal Information Is Used

Our Use: We receive and store any personal information you enter on our Websites or give to us voluntarily in any other way and may use it to contact you from time to time. We take steps designed to ensure that only the employees who need access to your personal information to fulfil their employment duties will have access to it. By registering on a Website and providing your telephone number, you agree that this action constitutes a purchase, enquiry and/or application for purposes of telemarketing laws. Regardless of the fact that your telephone and/or cell number may be listed with the TPS, you are providing your express written consent to receive future information (including telemarketing) about products and services from us and/or our affiliates, and you hereby agree and consent to our contacting you using the information you have provided and will provide to us. This means we may contact you by e-mail, phone and/or cell number (including use of automated dialling equipment and/or pre-recorded calls), text (SMS) message, social networks or any other means of communication that your wireless or other telecommunications device may be capable of receiving (i.e. video, etc.). We may also send you information or offers from time to time to the postal address or email address we have on file (as further outlined in this Privacy Policy). You further acknowledge that you are not required to agree directly or indirectly or enter into an agreement regarding our telemarketing efforts as a condition of purchasing any goods or services from us or our affiliates.

Electronic Mail: From time to time, The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery may use your personal information to contact you by electronic mail concerning our services. These communications are often intended to inform you of important information regarding your account, or about general services provided by The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery and/or its affiliates. If you do not want to receive email from us or our affiliates regarding new services, please click the "unsubscribe" link which is included at the bottom of any email you receive from us. However, in order to fulfil our service obligations to you, we will continue to send you emails regarding your account administration, as well as any necessary information, such as renewal notices and instructions. By providing us with your email address you consent to receiving communications from us electronically and all notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Service Related Uses: We may use your personal information to contact you about the goods or services you have purchased from us, or for other purposes in which you have expressed an interest, for example, if you have contacted customer service or made an enquiry. We will also provide you with service and account related announcements. For instance, if the delivery of a service or product is delayed we might send you an email, or other message, or if there is some service issue with something you might have ordered. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to cancel your services with us.

Protection of The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery and Others: We may release account and other personal information when we are required to do so by law, court order, subpoena or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency, including ICANN, in order to enforce or apply our Services Agreement or other agreements, or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection, credit risk reduction or other similar purposes. Sites Other Than The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery, The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or information gathering practices of other websites, including those to which we may link and those which may link to us. We strongly recommend that you review the privacy policies of every online service you use before submitting any personal information and direct any concerns to the site administrator of that website.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Data.
We keep information only for as long as we need it to provide you services, manage our business or as required by law or contract. Where you have a contract with us, we will retain your data for the length of the contract, and will further retain that information for a time period consistent with our legal or regulatory responsibilities, after you terminate all your services with us to resolve disputes, enforce our relevant Service Agreement, and to adhere to the technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of the Sites. If you have any questions about how long we will keep your specific data, please contact us.

How We Keep Your Personal Data Safe.
We work to protect the security of your financial information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL") software, which encrypts the information you input on the Site. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure and we cannot guarantee its absolute security. You can further help to ensure your security by taking a few simple precautions. For instance, it is important to protect against unauthorised access to your computer, and to be sure to sign off when you are finished using a shared computer.

Limitation Of Liability
The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery assumes no responsibility or liability with regard to any theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information lawfully provided by The Vintage Pen And Pencil Gallery to third parties, or with regard to the failure of any third party to abide by this privacy policy or such third party.

Contacting Us.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by writing to us at ppgallery@aol.com